Rimes (Not “Rhymes”) For Decoding and Spelling

Practice Reading Rimes!

What are rimes?  "Rimes" are letters that come after the "onset."  The onset is the initial consonant sound or blend, such as b- in bag, sw- in swim that changes the meaning of a word. The rime is the vowel and the rest of the syllable that follows.  The rime for bag is -ag, and for swim it's -im.  Rimes are powerful in helping children read and spell because they are easier to learn than individual vowel sounds, and the patterns remain constant.   

 Word Family Chart A

Word Family Chart E

Word Family Chart I

Word Family Chart O

Word Family Chart U

When we are stuck on a word, one decoding strategy we use is to look for "chunks" we know in order to sound the word out.  Well, here are 311 chunks!

Rimes teach children about word families, which lays the foundation for decoding skills and future spelling strategies.  Start teaching your child what is in red, because. . .

500 primary grade words can be made from the following set of 37 rimes (in red).

ack

ain

ake

all

ame

ap

ash

at

ate

aw

ay

eat

ell

est

ice

ick

ide

ight

ill

in

ine

ing

ink

ir

ip

ock

oke

op

or

ore

uck

ug

ump

unk

ale

an

ank

ab

ace

act

ad

ade

aff

aft

ag

age

aid

aight

ail

aint

air

aise

ait

alk

alt

am

amp

ance

anch

and

ane

ang

ant

ape

ar

ard

are

arge

ark

arm

arn

arp

art

ase

ask

asm

asp

ass

ast

aste

atch (pron. "ach")

ath

aught

aunch

aunt

ave

awl

awn

ax

aye

aze

ea

each

ead (bread or lead)

eaf

eak (steak or beak)

eal

ealth

eam

ean

eap

ear

east

eath

eave

eck

ed

edge

ee

eech

eed

eek

eel

eem

een

eep

eer

eet

eeze

eft

eg

eigh

eld

elp

elt

em

en

ence

ench

end

ense

ent

ep

ept

erge

erk

erm

ern

erve

esh

ess

et

etch

ew

ex

ey

ib

ibe

id

ie

ied

ief

ield

ier

ies

ife

iff

ift

ig

igh

ike

ild

ile

ilk

ilt

im

ime

imp

ince

inch

ind

inge

int

ipe

ird

ire

irk

irt

irth

ise

ish

isk

isp

iss

ist

it

itch

ite

ive

ix

o

oach

oad

oak

oal

oam

oan

oar

oast

oat

ob

obe

od

ode

oe

og

ogue

oil

oin

oint

oist

old

ole

oll

olt

ome

omp

on

ond

one

ong

oo

ood

oof

ook

ool

oom

oon

oop

oor

oose

oot

ooth

ooze

ope

orch

ord

ork

orm

orn

ort

ose

oss

ost

ot

otch

ote

oth

ouch

oud

ough (though or bough)

oul

ould

ounce

ound

ount

oup

our

ourse

ouse

out

outh

ove

ow

owd

owl

own

owse

ox

oy

ub

ube

uce

uch

ud

ude

udge

ue

uff

uke

ule

ulk

ull

um

umb

ume

un

unch

une

ung

unt

up

ur

ure

url

urn

urse

urt

us

use

ush

uss

ust

ut / utt

utch

uth

ute

y

ye

yme

 

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Araujo, Judith E., M.Ed., CAGS. "Rimes (Not “Rhymes”) For Decoding and Spelling." Mrs. Judy Araujo, Reading Specialist. N.p., 4 June 2012. Web. <http://www.mrsjudyaraujo.com/rimes-for-decoding-and-spelling/>.

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